29 June 2016 – Secular news summary

 

The P&C association of Qld is asking for opinions on religious instruction classes click here

Mike Baird is building prisons click here

A Liberal Senator opposes abortion clinic protest exclusion zones click here

Abortion law reform in Qld  click here

An abortion law information paper click here

Where various religions stand on abortion law click here

Religious groups sneak into Victorian state schools click here

Religious instruction lessons claim vampires are not real but Bible stories are click here

Lyle Shelton thinks Brexit is great click here

Catholic schools urge parents not to vote for the Greens click here

The obligations on religions to provide financial accounts click here

Footballers praying click here

Doctors against euthanasia (but are they worried about their own jobs) click here

Strike Kenya off the list click here

Paul Keating on tax cuts click here

The Ellis defence click here

In Montreal,

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Preferences for the 2016 Election.

The Secular Party of Australia is running senate candidates in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory in the 2016 Federal Election. Changes to the senate ballot paper make it easier for voters to allocate preferences to parties or individual candidates of their choice, and as such we are not making preference deals with other parties this election.

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“Gross Hypocrisy” from Tim Mander, says Secular Party of Australia 

 Tim Mander, as Queensland opposition spokesman for education, claims the Safe Schools Programme has been “hijacked by activists,” a comment  Secular Party Spokesperson Trevor Bell says is “gross hypocrisy”.

 

“It is amazing he can say that with a straight face actually,” said Mr Bell.

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Our submission to the HRC regarding the “Religious Freedom Roundtable”.

23 September 2015
The Australian Human Rights Commission
Religious Freedom Roundtable
Call for submissions

Dear Mr Wilson

We would like to draw your attention to an important matter regarding the rights of children.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18 guarantees “freedom of conscience and religion”

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Scripture Union gets a free ride on ABC radio

This occurred several months ago but as the web site is being revived I decided to post it now. Steve Austin hosts “Mornings” on ABC radio in Brisbane. He interviewed Peter James from Scripture Union.  I wrote to him afterwards. A copy of me letter is reproduced here. He did not respond.

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Daring Typifies our Diggers more than Devotion

With a 2014 WIN/Gallup International survey revealing that a majority of Australians are non-religious or convinced atheists (58%), the Secular Party of Australia has called into question the over-representation of religion in modern Anzac Day ceremonies. “More than half of Australians consider themselves non-religious according to this poll,”

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Are we ready to stand up to Religion?

Are we ready to stand up to Religion?

According to a recent survey by McCrindle Research, 48% of Australians do not believe in God and only 15% attend church at least once per month. These statistics are in line with previous surveys showing a strong trend towards atheism yet our political leaders continue to defer to Religion.

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Foreign policy

International Law

The Secular Party recognises that civilisation is sustained by the rule of law. Globally, we support the enhancement of the International Criminal Court as a means of dealing with problems, rather than arbitrary superpower intervention. We support the development of international corporate law as a means of addressing adverse transnational corporate behaviour.

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Defence

Strategic defence planning, as indicated by scheduled purchase of military equipment for the army, navy and air force, appears to assume that the future use of the Australian Defence Force will be for long-range external purposes in association with the United States. The Secular Party acknowledges the need for alliances,

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Republic

The Secular Party recognises that monarchies embody the concept of hereditary privilege, and that this is incompatible with the principle of equal human rights. The British monarch is also head of the Church of England. Having the monarch as the Australian Head of State is thus a violation of the basic secular principle of separation of church and state.

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